Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather (HM1GNU)

Location: Fort Washington, PA 19034 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 7.235', W 75° 13.357'

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Identifying raptors (birds of prey) in flight can be difficult. However, even novice hawk-watchers can figure out which family a raptor belongs to. Most raptors migrating past this hawk watch site fall into one of three families: buteos, accipiters or falcons. Each family has unique wing and tail characteristics that help the birds fly in a specific manner.

(1) Buteos

? Have long, broad wings, a chunky body and a short, fanned-out tail

? Soar for long periods without flapping their wings

? Includes the red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk and red-shouldered hawk

(2) Falcons

? Have long, pointed wings and a long, narrow tail

? Fly through constant, strong flapping

? Includes the American kestrel, merlin and peregrine falcon

(3) Accipiters

? Have short, rounded wings and a long, narrow tail

? Move through a series of flaps and glides: flap-flap-flap-glide

? Includes the sharp-shinned hawk, cooper hawk and northern goshawk

Be a Raptor Ranger

Conduct your own hawk watch! Use your eagle eye to spot buteos, accipiters and falcons, and count how many of each family you spy.


(left) Red-tailed hawk

(center) 1: Red-tailed Hawk; Broad-winged Hawk; Red-shouldered

(upper right) 2: Peregrine Falcon; American Kestrel; Merlin

(lower right) 3: Sharp-shinned Hawk; Cooper Hawk; Northern Goshawk
Placed ByIConservePA, DCNR, Hawk Mountain
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 481030 N 4441164
Decimal Degrees40.12058333, -75.22261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.235', W 75° 13.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 14.1" N, 75° 13' 21.42" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)215, 267, 610, 484
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2214 St Park Rd, Fort Washington PA 19034, US
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